Monday, February 24, 2020

Ever Ancient Ever New | Psalm 42: The Thirst for the Living God

Psalm 42 sings like a private encounter with God that continues to shape Israel’s and our historic events. Events wrapped in slavery and freedom, depression and delight, death and resurrection, despair and faith. … And Psalm 42 voices the thirst we have that Jesus said only He can satisfy. He went thirsty for us on the cross (vs. 10, John 19:29) so we could be filled w/ Spirit. Will you go to Him and sing, “Take my hand, precious Lord,” I need an encounter with You that will shape my entire history? Put your hope in Jesus and praise Him. He is your Savior and your God.

Sermon Scriptures | Psalm 42

Call to Worship John 7:37-38 

37 Jesus said,“Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.
38 Whoever believes in Me, as Scripture has said, rivers of
living water will flow from within them.”

Land of the Rising Sun
Ike Ndolo, 2012 A.D.

The dark is groaning, 
The tomb is reaching out. 
Oh, but they can’t have me!
Oh, but they can’t have me!

The crows are circling,
The jackal waits in the dark. 
Oh, but they can’t have me! 
Oh, but they can’t have me!

I belong to the land of the rising sun 
Where the grave is no more,
The war has been won!
I belong to the land of the rising Son, 
I belong to You, I belong!

The world is in my bones,
It makes me wrestle withYou.
Oh, but You have claimed me!
Oh, but You have claimed me!

No matter how far I’ve gone,
Even to the devil’s table.
Oh, my God,You’ve claimed me!
Oh, my God,You’ve claimed me! (Chorus)

Through my wandering, and my failing, 
And my doubting, I belong!
Through the re, and the darkness, 
Through the sadness, I belong!
I’m just a rebel who’s tired of fighting, 
So I’m laying down these arms.
The sun is rising, the sun is rising, 
The Son is rising! (Chorus)

Father Let Your Kingdom Come
The Porter's Gate, 2017 A.D.

Hallelu! Hallelujah!
Father, let Your Kingdom come!

May the works of my hands
Bring You joy. (x4 + Chorus)

May the words from my mouth
Speak Your peace. (x4 + Chorus)

You make all things new, You make all things new,
In places we don't choose, You make all things new!

What a Beautiful Name
Hillsong United, 2016 A.D.

You were the Word at the beginning, 
One with God the Lord Most High. 
Your hidden glory in creation 
Now revealed in You our Christ.

What a beautiful (wonderful) name it is, 
What a beautiful (wonderful) name it is, 
The Name of Jesus Christ, my King. 
What a beautiful (wonderful) name it is, 
Nothing compares to this.
What a beautiful (wonderful) name it is, 
The Name of Jesus.

You didn’t want heaven without us,
So Jesus, You brought heaven down.
My sin was great, Your love was greater, 
What could separate us now.
(“Wonderful” Chorus)

Death could not hold You, 
The veil tore before You,
You silenced the boast of sin and grave! 
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory, 
ForYou are raised to life again!
You have no rival,You have no equal! 
Now and forever, our God reigns! 
Yours is the Kingdom,
Yours is the glory, 
Yours is the name above all names!

What a powerful name it is,
What a powerful name it is,
The Name of Jesus Christ, my King. 
What a powerful Name it is, 
Nothing can stand against.
What a powerful Name it is,
The Name of Jesus. 

Living Hope
Phil Wickham, 2018 A.D.

How great the chasm that lay between us,
How high the mountain I could not climb.
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night.
Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness 
Tore through the shadows of my soul.
The work is finished, the end is written 
JesusChrist, my living hope.

Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace? 
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame.
The cross has spoken, I am forgiven,
The King of kings calls me His own.
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever,
Jesus Christ, my living hope.

Hallelujah, praise the One who set me free! 
Hallelujah, death has lost its grip on me! 
You have broken every chain,
There’s salvation inYour name,
Jesus Christ, my living hope!

Then came the morning that sealed the promise, 
Your buried body began to breathe.
Out of the silence, the Roaring Lion
Declared the grave has no claim on me! 
(Repeat) ... 
Jesus, Yours is the victory! (Chorus)

Mosaic MSC, 2017 A.D.

Peace, bring it all to peace, 
The storm surrounding me, 
Let it break at Your name. 
Still, call the sea to still, 
The rage in me to still, 
Every wave at Your name.

Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble. 
Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear.
Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble. 
Jesus, Jesus.

Breathe, call these bones to live,
call these lungs to sing
Once again, I will praise ... (Chorus 2x)

Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny! 
Your name cannot be overcome!
Your name is alive forever lifted high!
Your name cannot be overcome! (Chorus)

Prayers of Confession and Assurance

One: King Jesus,You are the only One who overcomes. Forgive us for trying to overcome death without You. Turn us away from the sin that results in separation from Your life, and turn us to believe in Your resurrection power ...

Congregational Prayers

And now we pray together, Jesus, as You taught us to pray ... 

All: Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive
those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil for Thine is the
Kingdom and the power and the glory
now and forever. Amen.

Pass the Peace | In the Story of God, Jesus declared, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you" (John 14:26) during humanity's darkest, most tragic weekend of His death. And then after Jesus was crucified and resurrected, defeating evil and death, He said, "Peace be with you ... Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:21-22). Somehow, with Jesus, peace is possible even in our darkest moments. During this time, we desire to share with each other peace that passes understanding, empowered by the Spirit of Christ.

The peace of the Lord by always with you.
And also with you.

Prayers of Preparation for Eucharist
Matthew 26:26-291 Corinthians 11:23-26

Prayer Asking for Jesus' Help
Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. I want to see. Please reveal to me who You are. Give me ears to hear You, and understanding for the Good News You are saying to me today. Amen.

Prayer for Communion with Jesus and Each Other
Jesus, by Your Spirit, fill us with Yourself, the true Bread and Vine. We turn to You now to unite us, strengthen us, and empower us to be Your Kingdom family of servants and witnesses together until You return and make all things new. Amen.

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 
Jesus, dying, You destroyed our death.
Rising, You restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory! 

Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 1
1563 A.D.

Q. What is your only comfort and hope
in life and death?

A. That I am not my own, 1
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death, 2
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. 3
He has fully paid for all my sins
with His precious blood, 4
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil. 5
He also preserves me in such a way 6
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head; 7
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation. 8
Therefore, by His Holy Spirit
He also assures me
of eternal life 9
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for Him. 10

1. 1 Cor 6:19, 20.
2. Rom 14:7-9.
3. 1 Cor 3:23; Tit 2:14.
4. 1 Pet 1:18, 19; 1 Jn 1:7; 2:2.
5. Jn 8:34-36; Heb 2:14, 15; 1 Jn 3:8.
6. Jn 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess 3:3; 1 Pet 1:5.
7. Mt 10:29-31; Lk 21:16-18.
8. Rom 8:28.
9. Rom 8:15, 16; 2 Cor 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph 1:13, 14.
10. Rom 8:14.

Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.

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Christ is all,

Rev. Mike "Sully" Sullivan

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